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Sign up Now for the Annual 'Run for Peace 5k' on April 8, Benefitting Betty Griffin Center


February 1, 2017 | View PDF

For runners, walkers, and adults and children alike, there's no better way to kick off spring than supporting a good cause! The Betty Griffin Center Run for Peace 5k will be held on Saturday, April 8 at 8:00 a.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier, located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd. The family-friendly event, that includes a separate registration for children 13 and under, benefits the Betty Griffin Center – a nonprofit agency that provides free emergency shelter and services for residents experiencing domestic or sexual abuse in St. Johns County.

Runners can sign up for the event at Adult registration costs $25 plus a $2.50 sign-up fee through Feb. 28 – increasing to $30 after that date. The race fee for children is $15 plus the sign-up fee through April 6.

Betty Griffin Center Chief Executive Officer, Joyce Mahr, says "The Run for Peace is among the nonprofit agencies biggest fundraisers of the year. I hope more runners and walkers will take part in April to support a very good cause." Nearly 500 people participated in the event last year.

Runners and walkers can pick up their race packets at the Betty Griffin Center Thrift Store, located at 1961 A1A South on Friday, April 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. – and shop some of the best bargains on the island as well. Packet pick-up will also be held at the St. Augustine Beach Pier beginning at 6:30 a.m. before the event begins.

The race is set and all you need to do is register. See you then!

For more information, visit

The Betty Griffin Center was founded in 1990 by concerned citizens and incorporated as the Safety Shelter of St. Johns County to develop plans to provide shelter for local victims of domestic violence and their children. In 1992, the nonprofit agency contracted with a local motel for space and started a 24-hour crisis line and court advocacy program. By 1994, the agency purchased and opened Betty Griffin House as permanent shelter. The shelter was expanded in 1998 to meet local demand, and sexual assault program was added the same year. Today, Betty Griffin Center shelters approximately 450 victims of domestic and sexual abuse annually, operates a 24-hour crisis helpline, provides professional counseling for victims of domestic and sexual abuse, provides age-appropriate violence prevention training and also operates two thrift stores at Julington Square and Anastasia Square to assist in funding the agency's ongoing operations.

For more information or to donate, visit To report if you or someone you know is being abused, call the Betty Griffin Center 24-hour helpline at (904) 824-1555.


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